Ban Fracking on Federal Lands!

Delicate Arch in Arches National Park Utah

Delicate Arch, Utah
Arches National Park is part of the Colorado River watershed and surrounded by BLM lands being targeted by the oil and gas industry

One of the things that makes America great is our vast and cherished spaces. Millions of acres across our beautiful country are public, they belong to us — the American people. This land is your land! But this land, and many of our favorite iconic landscapes, are under threat from fracking.

The Obama Administration recently proposed new rules for oil and gas fracking on federal lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) — including those in the national forest system, and federal lands that are nearby many treasured national parks.

The BLM's proposed rules are weak, at best, and pave the way for corporate profits at the expense of our American treasures and essential resources. The BLM is seeking public comments on the proposed rules. Tell them Don't Frack Public Lands! Deadline for comments is August 23rd.

Please fill out the form below and edit the message as you wish. We'll add your name to the petition and submit the additional message to BLM as a public comment.

More on fracking and public lands

Fracking and other unconventional methods of extracting oil and natural gas come with intensive drilling and mining, massive amounts of toxic waste, air pollution and pervasive infrastructure that threatens our essential food and water resources. 

To frack a well, operators mix millions of gallons of water with tens of thousands of gallons of chemicals, including some known to cause cancer, and then pump it all into the earth at extreme pressure to try to break up rock formations so that oil and natural gas might flow.

Drilling and fracking:

  • require millions of gallons of water for each well, competing with farmers for local water supplies;
  • produce massive amounts of toxic and even radioactive waste with no good disposal options;
  • contaminate sources of drinking water, given disposal problems and the thousands of leaks and spills every year;
  • can lead houses and water wells to explode, due to contamination from methane and other harmful gases; and
  • bring untold costs to local communities, from declines in agriculture, real estate and tourism to road  damage, public health problems and increased demand for social services.

Despite widespread public opposition, the Obama administration allows fracking on many of our federal public lands, including lands around national parks. But fracking isn’t safe: it puts our parks and nearby communities at serious risk of drinking water contamination, among other threats. It shouldn’t be allowed anywhere, never mind on our iconic and cherished public spaces.

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Bureau of Land Management: 

Comment: Document ID BLM-2013-0002-0011

I am calling for a ban on fracking on all federal lands. This land is our land and should be managed for the good of the people, not corporate profits for the oil and gas industry. The proposed rules for hydraulic fracturing on Federal and Indian lands are too weak. The best way to protect our air, water, wildlife, climate and public health is simply to prohibit this inherently dangerous form of fossil fuel extraction.

I urge you: don't frack on federal public and Indian lands!

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